Bacon's Castle

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Bacon's Castle (1676-1677) - A house seized and fortified by rebels in 1676 during Bacon's Rebellion in present day Surry County, Virginia. Recaptured later in 1676 by U.S. Sailors and abandoned as a fortification early in 1677.

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Bacon's Castle


Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon seized and fortified the house of Major Arthur Allen II in September 1676. Nathaniel Bacon himself never occupied the house and he died in October 1676 of dysentery. The house remained under rebel control until it was recaptured by loyal sailors 29 Dec 1676. The house continued to have a military role through January 1677. Without Nathaniel Bacon the rebellion fell apart and the house was returned to the family.

Current Status

Acquired by Preservation Virginia in the 1970s, restored and now operated as a historic site and museum in Surry County, Virginia. Open to the public on specific days and limited hours but open for exterior self guided tours most days.

USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 1462667

Location: Bacon's Castle, Surry County, Virginia.

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Lat: 37.1090014 Long: -76.7222875



Visited: 16 May 2013

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